Who we support
Scotland & Harrisson continues to be committed to its corporate social responsibility (CSR) by a set of practices that contribute to the well-being of the community as well as supporting the objectives of ESG of our customers.
Asha Foundation For Humanity
ASHA FOUNDATION FOR HUMANITY
Scotland & Harrisson is proud to be a supporter of the Asha Foundation for Humanity, an Australian registered charity, bringing positive social change, hope and inspiration to children throughout the Asia Pacific region. One of these initiatives includes the programme of Covid relief in Nepal and schools that are built in Thailand.
We are pleased to report on a vital initiative provided by the Asha Foundation for Humanity.
In the Nonghan district about 35 km outside of Udon Thani lies Ban Kung village. Around 1000 Isaan native people live in the community. Unfortunately, most children of poor families must leave school at a very early age. They work in the fields or look for better paying jobs hundreds of kilometers away from home. Their choices are extremely limited.
Thailand is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of highly profitable sexual exploitation and forced labor. There have even been instances of mafia-controlled minibuses driving into neighboring villages here, posing as official transport and abducting children.
Meet Mai Wilachai. She volunteers nearly all her spare time to help protect and educate deserving children and adults in need. She’s a hard worker that comes from a long linage of rice farmers. Mai takes care of six family members. Her English is self-taught entirely from watching YouTube educational and music videos including Playing for Change. She is driven to help give these kids a chance in life.
Last year, right before the pandemic was fully known, Mai visited and gained knowledge from Gigi’s Khlong Toey music program in Bangkok, as well as travelled to all five music programs in Kathmandu and remote Nepal. She quickly bonded with the Playing for Change Foundation team members and befriended the determined women of the Mother’s Society. Inspired by her life-changing experience, she vowed to bring these valuable lessons home to the Isaan people.
For many years, Mai has been a tireless advocate for the village children. All free lessons given up till now were provided literally under a mango tree – adjacent to the rice fields. They previously had no shelter for learning. The weather is often uncertain and can be severe. Most kids also have surprisingly little support from the family. Too many have not had enough to eat. As often as she is able, Mai provides a snack or lunch.
Her desire is to share what knowledge she has. Mai admits she is a novice with some things, yet exhibits a deep passion to inspire others to learn. Basic English instruction is taught, as well as traditional Thai and Isaan dance, art programs, yoga, aerobics, and introductory Muey Thai for self-defense. Mai is engaged in their well-being and the kids love her for it.
The Asha Foundation for Humanity provided the necessary support to design and construct a traditional Sala Thai, also known as a Pavilion. The Sala Thai design is a major part of the country’s cultural legacy. It reflects both the challenges of living in Thailand’s extreme climate as well as, historically, the importance of architecture to the Thai people’s sense of community and religious belief. And in today’s world, it’s basically a virus safe open classroom environment. Ongoing arts and educational programs were further developed and the Bang Kung Learning Center was established.
The project took 14 weeks to complete over this past summer – through incredible heat waves and monsoon downpours. And yes – the work was rigorous and challenges came often, yet it’s been one the biggest joys of my life to participate in this righteous cause. Mai, her family and the villagers are all very proud of their most beautiful Sala Thai and with continued support, what it could mean for their children.
The open house dedication was held August 30th, 2020 at the newly inaugurated Ban Kung Learning Center – Learn What You Love.
Since BKLC has no music program as of yet, the collective vision is for an instructor from the Khlong Toey music program to live stream an introductory music education course directly to Mai’s students. A vital initiative such as this creates an opportunity to extend the reach of our existing talented teachers to benefit even more deserving children.
Due to the generous support of the Asha Foundation, this compassionate act truly enlivens all involved.
Stay tuned for more life-affirming stories to come. Stay safe.
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The Windgap Foundation
THE WINDGAP FOUNDATION
Scotland & Harrisson is proud to support the Windgap Foundation, a not for profit organisation, started by a group of parents over 65 years ago to provide education to their children with intellectual disabilities.
The Foundation provides quality programs and support to foster independence, empowerment, learning and development, to enable each individual can live life to the fullest and provides supported employment to adults with disabilities.
Scotland & Harrison has been using Windgap for several years now to manage our clients fulfilment needs with low cost picking and packing, shrink wrapping, assembly and storage solutions.
Windgap’s facilities are BSI certified in Quality Management and work is overseen by experienced professionals that ensure excellence in quality production and service. The warehouse has an easy accessible loading dock and forklift area, production assembly line, shrink wrapping area and a large amount of storage.
Working with the Windgap Foundation has been extremely rewarding and helps make a difference to the lives of adults with a disability by supporting them in reaching their full potential and raising community awareness as to their needs and aspirations.
By supporting Windgap we can help provide many diverse and rewarding opportunities and benefits to help make a difference to the lives of adults with a disability including:
- a sense of purpose, achievement and opportunity to earn an income;
- building confidence and self esteem;
- discovering new talents and learn new skills;
- forming friendships, working as a team and increasing social skills; and
- receiving access to capacity building programs and opportunities to develop independence and real life skills in travel, self care, technology, money management, literacy and numeracy.
We look forward to continuing to work and support Windgap and their team.
If you or your association require more information for Commercial Packaging & Assembly please call Windgap (02) 8337 3600
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